Expect the Miraculous – Luke 1:13
Reading plan for this week: Luke 1:1-38
I feel kind of bad for John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah. Zechariah had been praying for a son, and while Zech was performing his priestly duties in the temple, the Archangel Gabriel made a personal appearance with great news…
“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” (Luke 1:13)
Why do I feel bad for Zech? Because when God answered his prayer, Zech didn’t believe it…
And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” (Luke 1:18-20)
I can relate to Zech, because there have been things that I’ve prayed for, but in my heart I didn’t believe it would work out. I prayed doubting. I prayed with an earthly mind, thinking “it’s just not possible.”
I was like the man that James describes:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8)
But something happened one day – I decided to pray believing. I decided to be irrational, to expect God to do something that wasn’t possible.
And you know what happened? Yep… God moved. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is so simple, I simply have to believe that all things are possible with God.”
That taught me three things about prayer:
#1 Be intentional with your prayers.
Sometimes we don’t receive because we simply haven’t asked. James 4:2 tells us
“You do not have, because you do not ask.” Jesus said “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
#2 Be persistent with your prayers
Jesus promised that if we’ll be persistent in our prayers, we’ll receive.
“ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)
#3 Pray believing
Jesus promised that if we’ll pray in faith, believing that God will answer, He will.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
So, whatever situation you’re facing right now, don’t let logic dictate what God can do. You might not be able to change anything, but God can. God’s power is beyond logic. God’s power is beyond the laws of nature – God created the laws of nature!
We expect the miraculous
We expect marriages to be restored, addictions to be broken, the sick to be healed, and for God to do the unexplainable. When no one else expects it to happen, we do.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matt 10:8)
We can change the world, one life at a time…